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How Full Is Your Bucket? Hardcover – August 10, 2004
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In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we're negative toward others, we use a dipper to remove from their buckets and diminish their positive outlook. When we treat others in a positive manner, we fill not only their buckets but ours as well. The authors illustrate how this principle works in the areas of business and management, marriage and other personal relationships and in parenting through studies covering a 40-year span, many in association with the Gallup Poll. While acknowledging that most lives have their share of misfortune, the authors also make clear that how misfortune affects individuals depends largely on their level of positive energy and confidence. The authors also underscore that our human interactions provide most of the joys or disappointments we receive from life. The book comes with a unique access code to www.bucketbook.com, which offers a positive impact assessment and drop-shaped note cards that can be used to give praise and recognition to others.
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A well-researched, strong, and compelling case for improving self-esteem, better relationships, and health ... this book is a short, sharp, how-to’ guide.”
People Management magazine
Useful anecdotes that managers in particular should pay attention to.”
The San Francisco Chronicle
Wow! This little book is a treasure. It is chock full of wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice, rooted in solid research. It will change the way you look at your life, your work, and the world.”
Martin Walsh, Executive Director, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation
Powerful, captivating, and easy to read. This book’s heartwarming message has a spiritual quality, yet it is grounded in decades of research.”
Lea E. Williams, Ed.D., Executive Director, National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, Inc.
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Clifton senior was a teacher of psychology at the University of Nebraska in the early 1950s when he noticed a problem: The field of psychology was based almost entirely on the study of what is wrong with people. So for the next five decades, he and his colleagues studied what is right with people and discovered that our lives are shaped by our interactions with others and that personal success was built on our strengths, not on fixing our weaknesses. The American Psychological Association cited him as the Father of Strengths Psychology in 2002, one year before his death.
"How Full Is Your Bucket?" focuses on simple daily strategies to boost our well-being by following the Bucket Principle - We each have a invisible bucket which is either being constantly filled or emptied. "When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we fill awful."
Rath and Clifton explain the bucket theory and how our daily "bucket" choices profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness. "We face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another's buckets, or we can dip from them." The book includes "Five Strategies for Increasing Positive Emotions:"
* Prevent bucket dipping
* Shine a light on what is right
* Make best friends
* Give unexpectedly
* Reverse the Golden Rule
And provides a detailed explanation of each. The book also includes the "Positive Impact Test;" the Gallup Recognition Interview, a tool for discovering the power of asking questions; and a guide on applying "How Full Is Your Bucket?" to teams and organizations.
If you are interested in:
* Making your workplace a lot more productive
* Having more friends
* Making sure your colleagues and customers are more satisfied and engaged
* Strengthening your marriage
* Enjoying closer relationships with your family and friends
Or being healthier, happier, and well on your way to longer life
Then "How Full Is Your Bucket?" is the book for you.
My book club chose it and found it to inspire a great discussion, so it is definitely recommended. It's a nice, simple premise, presented in a quick-to-read book. Mine also came with a link to find out more about myself in a sort of personality profile.
Get inspired- get this book and start filling buckets to the brim.
Just remember it is your attitude than determines your future altitude!
It. It is an easy read. Not very long. And can literally change someone's life at home, the office, and anywhere else where your attitude can make a difference. (Which is literally everywhere)
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